Legoland California announced today a three-acre
expansion of its water park in Carlsbad, which will be ready in time for next
The "Legends of Chima'' Water Park will be the latest attraction at the
ever-growing theme park, where a 250-room hotel opened in April. The water
park opened three years ago.
The expanded area will have a theme based on "Legends of Chima,'' a
Lego product line and Cartoon Network television show that features tribes of
"This hasn't been done before, and to come up with a really popular toy
brand and express it as a water park, we think the young children will freak
out when they see it -- in a good way,'' Legoland California General Manager
Peter Ronchetti told 10News.
Children will be able to ride a water slide that comes out of a giant
crocodile's mouth and build their own Lego boats.
Legoland has also hitched its wagon to the "Star Wars'' movie and
television franchise, offering several exhibits based on its characters and
The world's largest Lego model is at the park -- a Star Wars X-Wing
fighter that's 43 feet long, 11 feet tall, weighs almost 46,000 pounds and
includes around 5 million Lego bricks. Park officials said it took 32 model
builders about 17,000 hours to complete.
Legoland California, owned by Merlin Entertainment of London, opened in
1999 and is one of two of its kind in the United States. Its hotel is the
second Legoland hotel in the world. The other one is in Billund, Denmark.